The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons and the University of Ottawa Press will be hosting a launch of the most recent issue of the JPP, with readings of prisoner writing and a silent auction of prisoner art work on Thursday, February 12, 4:00-6:00 PM at Café Nostalgica, 603 Cumberland St., Ottawa.

The JPP is a prisoner written, peer reviewed, non-profit journal based on the tradition of the penal press. It brings the knowledge of prison writers together with academic reflections to enlighten the public about the current state of carceral institutions.

Justin Piché, one of the JPP managing editors and PhD Candidate at Carleton University says that the JPP’s mission is vital to understanding prisons: “One of the big problems in criminology right now is that almost no prisons allow academics to observe conditions in prisons first-hand. It’s like trying to study something without being able to see it. The JPP gives people access to the real experience of prisoners – something that is becoming more and more controlled in our society.”

A different sort of academic publication, the JPP’s Editorial Board is composed of prisoners, ex-prisoners, anti-prison activists, university professors and graduate students. It publishes two issues per year, with volumes 17 and 18 appearing in 2009.

Proceeds from the silent auction will go towards prisoner subscriptions.

For more information, contact Jessica Clark, Marketing Manager, University of Ottawa Press, at (613) 562-5800 ext. 1311 or